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ISIS and “The West”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’,” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books. “Would the ISIS videos even exist […]

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The Hooligans of ISIS

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Various reports and videos of ISIS troops destroying ancient monuments reminds one of teenage boys and their destructive pranks. Except with bulldozers and explosives. How a serious “caliphate” can justify such behavior is beyond belief. The reason for UNESCO World […]

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Erasing History?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world,” writes […]

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Why is ISIS Afraid of History?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

ISIS began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq last week, reports the Agence France Presse Why is ISIS afraid of history? Best guess: they’re uneducated. History is humanity’s backstory, and tearing down the past does not […]

What Muslims Really Believe about ISIS

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s an analysis of ISIS that places the bleme for its rise squarely on U.S. foreign policy decisions. “From Sunni to Shi’a, secular to conservative, Islamist to liberal, autocratic to democratic, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his doppelganger of a Caliphate […]

What ISIS Really Wants

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.” Thus begins a lengthy assessment of ISIS in The Atlantic. […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From executing prisoners to enslaving captives, the brigands known as ISIS continue to horrify the world. Here, courtesy of theGuardian, is the latest: “During their bloody rampage [last summer], Isis kidnapped an estimated 5,000 Yazidi women and children, the majority […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to imagine, but ISIS has committed an even more brutal atrocity than beheading its captives. It has claimed to have burned their Jordanian prisoner alive. There’s no need to point out — but I will anyway — why […]

The Pope: Violence in the Name of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to a report by Reuters, Pope Francis (the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics) said yesterday (November 30, 2014) that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to […]

Hold Pakistan Accountable

posted by Suzy Shuraym

One of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries. As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, “Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of […]

A Ransacked Book Market

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Does anyone wonder why Islam is considered a repressive, positively medieval religion? Actions such as this: “Historic Baghdad Book Market Bulldozed”.

Images of Women in Hijab for Target Practice

posted by Suzy Shuraym

This news story is so astonishing it’s hard to believe the whole thing really happened. According to Kate Wiltrout, writing for The Virginian-Pilot, the United States Navy “will not use a target depicting a Muslim woman holding a gun at […]

Previous Posts

"Of Dogs, Faith and Islam"
The Qu'ran doesn't label dogs as untouchable (in fact, there's quite a nice vignette of the Prophet Muhammad setting a guard for a dog with a litter of puppies). According to Mohammed Hanif, writing in The New York Times, "[m]ost of Muslims' ...

posted 1:46:42pm Aug. 01, 2015 | read full post »

The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia
There's a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: "While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, ...

posted 8:00:16pm Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

"How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?"
As the 21st Century rolls along, American Muslims are dealing with ever more complicated questions regarding religious observance and personal behavior. Here's what one Muslima has to say: "Yes, it’s possible to be queer and Muslim" "I ...

posted 10:55:47am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Here We Go Again
Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city. This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines. According to the New York Times: "The ...

posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Qu'ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it's time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam. Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently ...

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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